The Al Quds Foundation South Africa has launched the Gaza School Bag Project in an effort to provide support to the children of Gaza. Speaking to VOC, the organisation’s Shakeer Baker said the project aims to uplift the conditions of the people of the people of Gaza.
Most school going children in Gaza are suffering from psychosocial trauma as a result of ongoing wars against the population. The impact of the war on Gaza’s children has proven to be significant.
According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the total population of Gaza reaches approximately 1.4 million of which 56%, are children. Those especially affected are the children who are vulnerable, many of them left orphaned by the wars.
“The value of education is high and monetary value is what they require as school bags are being sourced closer to the location of the children,” Baker said.
He adds that the project will assist at least a thousand children to get stationary and textbooks in order to complete their school career.
“The foundation would like to see progress on the project itself and deliver school bags to the needy children in Gaza by the first of February in order to be in time for the start of the academic year,” Baker said.
The nutritional status and general health of children in Gaza is highly likely to further deteriorate given the dependency of Gaza’s citizens on food aid, monetary assistance as well as a lack of access to clean water and adequate housing. Many homes have been destroyed during wars which has created a situation where Gazan families have become dependent on relatives with whom they share living quarters. Furthermore, many schools have been destroyed in the bombardment of the strip, including the American International School.
Palestinian children’s psycho-social and mental health has also been greatly affected as a result of the ongoing occupation and relief is sorely needed. Education has proven to be of importance to children in creating a sense of normalcy and routine. The foundation is asking for public assistance in the matter.
Any members of the public who would like to become involved in the project or make a contribution can sponsor a child with R600. Any other donations are also welcome.
The Al Quds Foundation South Africa can be contacted at their Johannesburg branch on 011 211 2529. For more information our readers can visit Al Quds foundations website at www.yaquds.co.za. VOC (Haanim Davids)